I, ALEX CROSS by James Patterson

For those living in parts of Canada, the beginning of summer was ushered in by an intense heat wave. That heat inspired me to go back to my summer reader pattern, usually lighter fare, thus I Alex Cross by James Patterson was one of two books I got through. What can I say? After a month of doing for others and rushing around on the weekends, I had a “me” weekend.

Zeus is killing women. Anyone familiar with Greek mythology knows that it was usually Hera who was the vindictive one, but not this time. One of the victim’s is Cross’ niece, which is how he gets drawn into the case. It’s a little convoluted and tricky when they bring in multiple agencies but resolves itself thanks to Cross’ contacts and ingenuity. Meanwhile, Alex is also facing a personal crisis that could shatter his family. You’ll be happy to hear that everything turns out for the best in the end.

I read I, Alex Cross in about four hours, which means for most it should be doable in a weekend. So whether you’re relaxing at home or headed to the cottage, consider it. Many who have read an Alex Cross novel before will remember that Morgan Freeman brought the sleuth to live on the big screen in two of the best Alex Cross novels. I wondered for years if Patterson, who isn’t above appearing as himself on shows like Castle would ever make a reference to Freeman…and he finally did. It’s something you’ll have to read to catch and for Morgan Freeman fans like me, it was kind of like Finally!

Word of caution, if you’re taking I, Alex Cross outside, don’t forget the sunscreen, because if you’re anything like me, you start reading you won’t be able to put it down.

In an unlikely – for me at least – twist, I figured out who the killer was way in advance of Cross. I have to wonder, given my lousy track record with whodunits, if that means it’s transparent or if I’m just getting better. If you’ve read it, or if you’re going to go read it after I’m telling you that it’s worth it, please come back and let me know if you figured out the killer’s identify before Cross as well. Couple more book reviews coming up this week, so be sure to check back.


And that’s my 2¢ for today.


~ by leslies2cents on June 25, 2012.

2 Responses to “I, ALEX CROSS by James Patterson”

  1. That’s what I had been looking for!! Thanks

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